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Discover

For the students and families who attend our presentations for the Discover WVU events in fall 2022, thank you! Here you can find the helpful information, tips, and websites shared during the presentation.

For more information on Discover WVU, visit the Discover WVU Open House website.

Follow the WVU Hub on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook for scholarship opportunities, money tips, and important reminders that can help students and families stay on track for financial aid, scholarships, billing, and more!

Also see our special Parents webpage that addresses financial aid topics that parents and families often have questions on.


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What Is the WVU Hub?

Your connection to:

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Emails are Essential

Emails for student accounts and billing, financial aid and scholarships, and Federal Work-Study are sent from the WVU Hub to students’ WVU MIX email via their WVU Portal. Students can set it up on their mobile devices. It is crucial that students pay attention to notices from the WVU Hub because they could be about financial aid or a balance due.

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How Much Does College Cost?

Estimating College Costs

College costs include those that are charged by the University (billable/direct costs), and those that are not charged by the University, but you may still incur while pursuing your education (non-billable/indirect costs).

  • Examples of possible billable/direct costs: tuition, fees, on-campus housing, meal plans, etc.
  • Examples of possible non-billable/indirect costs: off-campus housing and food costs, books, personal expenses, etc.

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What are Different Ways to Help Pay for College?

Funding Options

  • Financial aid offered based on college admission and information submitted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Financial aid that requires separate applications such as external scholarships and credit-based student loans
  • Tuition assistance and benefits offered by different organizations to eligible students (third-party sponsorships, veterans benefits, etc.)
  • Earnings through student employment (for non-billable/indirect costs only)
  • Withdrawals from college savings accounts (529 plans)
  • Out-of-pocket payment in full or through monthly payment plan

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What Are Common Types of Financial Aid?

Financial Aid Sources

  • Federal
  • State
  • Institutional
  • Departmental
  • Private

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Common Types of Aid

Gift Aid

Self-help Aid

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Grants

  • "Gift aid" - usually does not need to be repaid
  • Most grants are based on financial need determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - although some grants also have an academic or merit component

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Scholarships

  • "Gift aid" - usually does not need to be repaid
  • Most scholarships are based on academic merit - although some have a financial need component

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Federal Work-Study

  • Part-time employment opportunity
  • Based on financial need determined by the FAFSA (must be submitted by the March 1 priority deadline for the upcoming aid year)
  • Does not apply to the balance due; students work and earn paychecks

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Loans

  • Borrowed aid from the federal government or private lenders that must be repaid with interest
  • Federal student loans up to $5500 per year may be offered to freshmen based on submission of the FAFSA
    • Federal Direct Subsidized Loan (for eligible students)
    • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
  • There are also credit-based loans students and parents may apply for from the federal government, institutional, or private lenders that can help with educational costs
  • Students/parents are not required to take loans, but if a student needs them to achieve their educational goals and invest in their future, a loan is an option to consider. However, only borrow what you need. Live like a college student while in college to keep debt down as much as possible

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How Do You Apply for Federal Aid?

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • Required for all federal aid, most state aid and even some institutional and external aid
  • The 2023-2024 FAFSA is available NOW and must be submitted every year. Complete yours on the Federal Student Aid website using 2021 tax information
  • The priority deadline is March 1, but the sooner the better! Financial aid is a process so students should submit their FAFSA early to allow themselves as much time as possible to go through the process and plan and prepare for the upcoming fall.
  • Check with your home state for additional deadlines for state-specific funds
  • Helpful sites:

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Applying for State Aid

  • Research and apply for aid from your state higher education agency (if available)
  • West Virginia residents have various scholarship and grant opportunities through the College for West Virginia
  • Non-residents should contact their state higher education agency to see if there are state aid options that they can use while attending WVU. Find contact information for your state on the U.S. Department of Education State Contacts website.
  • Most state aid also requires a FAFSA and has submission deadlines

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WVU Scholarships

  • Automatic review process after admission. Students must meet June 1 admission deadline for scholarship consideration
  • We super-score for ACT or SAT scores submitted
  • Eligible students will be automatically awarded Go First Scholarship (based on GPA) or Scholarship of Distinction (based on GPA and SAT/ACT)
  • Renewable for up to 8 semesters
  • We super-score for ACT/SAT scores!
  • Updated high school transcripts and test scores accepted until June 1 for first-time students
  • Visit the Merit Scholarship Chart webpage to estimate your eligibility for institutional scholarships!
  • WVU institutional scholarships are usually "stackable" with departmental scholarships, and WV Promise Scholarship

Visit our Scholarships webpage for additional scholarship application and deadline information

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Departmental Scholarships

  • Scholarships awarded based on program of study
  • Some college departments follow the automatic review process (like institutional scholarships), including admission deadlines
  • Some college departments require an additional application and have different deadlines

Visit the Departmental or College Scholarships webpage for potential options

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External (Private) Scholarships

  • Information on departmental scholarship opportunities, third-party or private scholarships, and scholarship search engines can be found on our Scholarships webpage
  • There are various scholarship resources students can explore such as:
    • High school counselors
    • Local businesses
    • Alumni associations
    • Libraries
    • Churches
    • Nonprofit organizations
    • Scholarship search engines

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Scholarship Tips

  • Keep applying for scholarships throughout your college journey, not just for freshman year!
  • Apply early, often, and for everything! Don’t skip the “small” stuff.
  • It is in the student’s best interest to apply for scholarships themselves
  • When using a search engine, narrow your search by your major, hobbies, interests, location, heritage, high school and upcoming college enrollment levels (i.e. junior, senior, freshman)
  • Beware of scams (requesting Social Security number, fees, guarantees to win)
  • Be aware of deadlines (usually early like fall or spring for the following year)
  • Think of your search like a job and set aside time each week
  • More available on our Tips on Applying for Scholarships webpage

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Student Loans

  • Federal student loans up to $5,500 per year may be offered to dependent freshmen based on submission of the FAFSA
    • Federal Direct Subsidized Loan (for eligible students)
    • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
  • There are also credit-based loans students and parents may apply for from the federal government or private lenders:
    • Federal Parent PLUS Loan
    • Private student loans

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What Are Some Other Options and Considerations?

What if federal, state, and institutional aid don't cover the student's charges? Visit our Other Funding Options webpage for more options, such as Family Contribution Appeals and our monthly payment plan.

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Preparation for Fall 2023

October - November

December - February

  • Monitor your WVU Portal and MIX email account for requirements and financial aid offer
  • Continue applying for external scholarships
  • WV Promise scholars must complete a FAFSA and the Promise application by March 1, 2023
  • For WVU, the priority deadline to submit a FAFSA is March 1, 2023

For more information, please refer to our Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 webpage.

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Contact Information

  • Online Assistance
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Phone: 304-293-1988
    • Available Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. ET
  • Fax: 304-293-4890
  • Mailing: P.O. Box 6004, Morgantown, WV 26506

Locations

Morgantown
Evansdale Crossing (second floor)
62 Morrill Way
Morgantown, WV 26506

Beckley
609 South Kanawha Street
Beckley, WV 25801

Keyser
Administration Building, Room 101
101 Fort Avenue
Keyser, WV 26726

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